School Details

Buena Vista Elementary School

37005 Hillcrest Drive, Palmdale, CA 93552
(661) 285-4158
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 721 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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45%
56%
60%
52%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Palmdale Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

34%
29%
46%
62%
53%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Palmdale Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
49%
65%
65%
60%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Palmdale Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
41%
60%
50%
46%
65%
46%
39%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Palmdale Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
53%
60%
52%
49%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Palmdale Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Buena Vista Elementary School is a public middle school in Palmdale. The principal of Buena Vista Elementary School is Chris O'Neill and can be contacted at coneill@palmdalesd.org. 721 children attend Buena Vista Elementary School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 35% of the Buena Vista Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 82% of the 721 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Buena Vista Elementary School is 19:1. Shadow Hills Intermediate School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 73% 65%
White, non-Hispanic 6% 11%
Filipino 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 17%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 20455%
Unspecified 0.2% 5%
Asian 0.2% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82% 73%
Limited English proficiency 35% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is a good school but the teachers that work there think you owe them something. If you don't like your job then quit nobody is making you stay. My son has been going there for 3 years now he's in the 3rd grade now. The teacher he has seem to not care won't give you any information on how your child is doing until it's almost for them to say the best thing to do is held the kid back. When you should have been communicating the issues about their child long time ago. They say they help the kids but really don't & I know that they are just one person but don't say you will help the kid but you can't. Then when they send these so called weekly report having stars & circles does not tell you about how your child is doing your child can be failing & have all stars. I would prefer saying some of these teacher need to give up teaching because it seems like it's not for the because you don't know how to inform parents about their kids.

  • (2 years ago)

    My expericen at Buena Vista for my past 5 years have been great as far as parent involvement. I have never had any problems with getting information in how to get more involeved with my children education. When I have any issues the teachers have always been pretty quick to contact me back to meet with them to discuss my childrens struggles. My issue with this school is that there are teachers that my kids have had that dont issue enough homework or any type of research were they can challange there minds and keep busy at home!!! I am soo against that..... these teaches need to provide more educational project to do at home or more homework!!!! I dont like the fact that when they finish class work/ homework in class there left with nothing to do at home!!!!! Buena Vista teachers need to improve that with there students. Other than that I do like the school even though they are low in standards and need to improve there teachers!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    I think this is a nice school in a great location! However I have noticed in my past k-5 years that there are some pretty terrible teachers at this school. If your child is a gate student or an EL student they should do fine if not they will be invisible and fall through the cracks. These teachers work a 160something days a year and most do not like to give their struggling students any real extra attention. I have also noticed that the Village teachers are really quite snoody I don't know if they think they are just above everyone else at the school or if they are that way in their everyday life to everyone but it is very ugly... you are not a celebrity for goodness sakes!! I stay at this school because I don't want to shuffle my son around and have him start a new school not knowing anyone but I have to say I am NOT IMPRESSED!!! From a parent that is involved never misses school and always turns in all homework and asignments. I give it a 2 star rating istead of 1 because I feel my son is in a safe environment ( Such a shame... can't get these years or this experience back.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son is a student at Buena Vista for three yrs now and I love the school I'm not involved with the school cuz I work a lot but I am involved with my childrens education Parents are kids first teachers and school their second so if there is an issue with ur Childs school then GET Active. I wish Palmdale School District did offer some sort of after school program Overall I am Happy with my Childs education

  • (5 years ago)

    i love thisschool my kids love this school. the teahers and pricipal have a good attitudes all i am saying that if you have a good attitude with the teachers or staff or principal they will have a good attitube with you soo stop with the negative comments already this is a great school better than your children will ever have.

  • (6 years ago)

    Parents with kids that have special needs beware !!! This is not the school !!!!

  • (8 years ago)

    I feel very intimidated by the staff. They have been very rude to me and my children. I have observed the staff treating parents and students very poorly. It is hard to approach the staff with questions or concerns because they treat you as if they do not have the time to deal with you. My child's teacher is absent quite often. I'm afraid to change my kids to another school because the other school's ratings/test scores are worse than Buena Vista's. No sports no P.E. clothes maybe one book reading club.

  • (9 years ago)

    There are no tutoring or after school programs available. Not enough student support. My experience in dealing with the front office has been negative. I believe there is a lack of parental and student support.

  • (9 years ago)

    Staff teachers and principal have poor attitudes. The front office lacks people skills as well. Parents are treated badly.

  • (9 years ago)

    Last year I pulled one of my children out of Buena Vista. The school cannot support children above 3rd grade who may need assistance with improving reading skills unless they are ESL students. The principal explain to me this resulted from budget cuts. I could no longer afford Sylvan Learning center after spending over $3500 the previous year. I am currently home schooling my child through opportunities of learning. My second child is a strong student however he is a pre-teen now and sometimes is caught up in peer/social pressures. The teacher spends more time talking about her life instead of focusing on implementing the ills of peer/social pressure into her curriculum. My son can tell me everything that going on in his teacher personal life. or as a result

  • (10 years ago)

    I love Buena Vista. I as a parent feel comfortable leaving my children in the care of the staff. The Principal {and his Secretary!} are wonderful they meet you head on and show care and concern should a problem arise. I make it a point to be very involved in my children's school I work close with their teachers and I feel that makes a world of a difference in your child's education.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think that Buena Vista is a great school. My son loves going and enjoys his teacher and class. The school is just great and so is the staff.

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